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Andrew Kurka Storms To Third Para Alpine World Championship Medal With Giant Slalom Silver

By Brianna Tammaro | Jan. 30, 2017, 3:19 p.m. (ET)

Andrew Kurka, pictured on his gold medal-winning downhill run, completed his collection on Monday with silver in giant slalom at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.

  • Andrew Kurka won his third medal of the 2017 world championships with silver in giant slalom.
  • Kurka added silver to his gold and bronze won last week in downhill and super-G, respectively.
  • Team USA heads into the final day of competition with slalom events tomorrow.

TARVISIO, Italy – Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska) completed his collection at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships by adding a silver medal in giant slalom to his gold and bronze earned earlier last week.

After the first run left Kurka sitting in seventh place, he dashed back to clock the fastest time of the day on his second run to secure the silver medal. The twenty-five-year-old, who finished with a time of 2:17.32 to secure his third medal in Tarvisio, was only .57 of a second off the top of the podium. Kurka will seek to close out world championship competition on Tuesday on top again with giant slalom after winning his first world title in downhill and bronze in super-G last week.


6th – Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts) in the women’s sitting class; Josh Elliott (Yakima, Washington) in the men’s sitting class
7th – Tyler Walker (Franconia, New Hampshire) in the men’s sitting class; Kevin Burton (Boulder, Colorado) with guide Chris Tatsuno (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) with guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah) in the men’s and women’s visually impaired class, respectively
8th – Mark Bathum (Mercer Island, Washington) and guide Cade Yamamoto (Quincy, Washington) in the men’s visually impaired class
9th – Melanie Schwartz (Aspen, Colorado) in the women’s standing class


Andrew Kurka

“It feels awesome to finally accomplish something I have been working towards for so long. I have spent my life hoping to be an example to others. Having the chance and being put in a position where I can make a difference means the world to me.”


Follow results and action live at this week’s 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. Competition will conclude tomorrow with slalom events beginning at 4 a.m. ET.

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